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Celebrating its 80th year as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 10,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $2.4 billion in revenues in fiscal 2018. Learn more at




Production Supervisor

2 Openings – First & Second Shift

Orwell,  Ohio





Kennametal continues to grow its team in Orwell. We are seeking 2 experienced Production Supervisors to help lead manufacturing operations on first and second shift. These are terrific opportunities that will provide highly competitive salaries, generous paid time off, comprehensive benefits, 401(k) and more.






The Production Supervisor will understand and acknowledge day to day responsibilities for environmental, health and safety. Routinely conduct safety audits and develop action plans. Periodically meet with or provide progress reports to the department manager / the EHS administrator or the Plant Manager, regarding fulfillment of EHS responsibilities. Conduct the required training per the EHS procedures for employees who are new in a position prior to starting job skills training.


Supervisors plan and direct the daily activities within the department, either directly or through group leaders. These activities include, but are not limited to:


  • Manage order-processing flow to achieve established “on-time delivery” & “lead-time” goals”.
  • Identify maintenance issues and ensure that all breakdowns, scheduled, and preventive maintenance is completed on a timely basis. Close out completed work orders daily.
  • Recommend staffing changes and/or overtime to ensure that total department throughput satisfies production requirements.
  • Specify and/or requisition tools, fixtures, spare parts (new & repair), and raw materials where appropriate.
  • Review, monitor and focus on increasing productivity, within assigned areas of responsibility, with year over year improvements.
  • Ensure ongoing compliance to all product quality requirements, and where possible, identify and address opportunities to improve quality and reduce scrap. Specific activities include:
  • Participate in scrap meetings held immediately before, after, or during the shift.
  • Ensure that appropriate work instructions are available to operators in assigned work centers. Supervisors are also responsible for ensuring that operators are properly trained and for conducting Control Plan audits.
  • Participate in / lead continuous improvement projects to enable Production to meet established performance objectives.
  • Prepare & submit monthly update reports to department manager.
  • Participate in internal ISO audits. Address open Corrective Action Requests (CAR’s) in a timely manner.
  • Conduct regular scheduled (quarterly minimum) communication meetings for assigned workcenters. Agenda items should include:
  • Review plant quality procedures
  • Discuss areas of highest non-conformance (including scrap)
  • Maintain equipment cleaning assignments/employee
  • Review performance and efficiency per employee
  • Assure written meeting actions
  • Assign improvement activities and priorities
  • Develop team building skills
  • Maintain records of employee time and attendance.
  • Counsel employees as appropriate to address performance concerns or issues in accordance with the guidelines established in the Employee Guideline Handbook.
  • Complete an annual performance appraisal for each employee and arrange for their training needs.
  • Complete other assignments, which are delegated by the department manager.




  • High school graduate
  • 2 or more years of formal technical training beyond high school and 3-5 years of people supervision with proven ability in conflict resolution.
  • 4 year secondary degree preferred with a minimum of 5 years manufacturing experience.
  • Basic professional knowledge of environmental, health and safety issues.
  • Proficiency in the use of MS-Excel, MS-Word, and MS Powerpoint applications.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland
Nearest Secondary Market: Akron

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